AUSTIN (AP) There are some signs the coronavirus is starting to settle in Austin.
It’s the first time the city has had a flu outbreak in almost five years.
Health officials say people should stay home from work and school.
It is also the first citywide flu case to be confirmed at a hospital.
Here’s what you need to know:___ Austin has been hit hard by the virus.
It was the first major American city to see a major outbreak of the disease in May, and the number of confirmed cases was nearly double that of the city’s national average.
The city has seen more than 2,200 flu-related deaths.___ Health officials are warning residents not to drink alcohol or smoke in public.
But a survey by Austin’s Health Department shows a spike in cases at Austin Hospital in recent days.
The hospital was once the site of a pandemic.
In the first weeks of May, the number two hospital in the country, the George R. Brown Convention Center, saw nearly 4,000 new cases.
The hospital’s general surgery center, one of the oldest in the nation, also saw more cases.___ Austin’s health department is recommending that people stay home if they have flu symptoms.
But it also says that anyone who has symptoms and is able to be seen by a doctor should not drink alcohol.___ The city is holding its second annual Vigil for Our Health Day at 9 a.m.
Monday, July 31.
The day is an opportunity for people to take part in community service activities, such as cleaning up and painting.___The mayor says he is encouraged by a recent outbreak of flu in the Austin area.
He also has said he wants to see the city return to a seasonal flu season.